Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review of Christmas at Carol’s by Julia Roberts, a beautiful Christmas novella. My thanks go to the author for providing an advance copy for review.
An uplifting tale of people’s desire to help each other in the season of goodwill – a romantic comedy with a twist in the tale.
Carol fell in love with Wisteria Cottage the moment she laid eyes on it and moved in two weeks before Christmas hoping it would be start of a new more positive period in her life.
On her first night in her new home she discovers an old Christmas card to someone called Annie with a heart-breaking message inside from Jake.
Although she doesn’t know them, and despite being on a self-imposed dating break herself, Carol begins planning how she can bring them together, while her new neighbour, Sally, is attempting a bit of matchmaking of her own.
Having read a couple of Julia Roberts books and thoroughly enjoying them I was really pleased to hear that Christmas at Carol’s was to be published and jumped at the chance to read it.
This is a perfect little festive read and at only 63 pages I got myself snuggled up in front of the log burner one evening and devoured it.
Having just moved into her own house Carol sets about making it her home, sprucing up the paint work while on holiday from her job as a teacher. When she comes across a box of Christmas decorations in the spare bedroom she’s excited to go and buy a tree to put the decorations on but after finding a Christmas card at the bottom of the box it ends up sending Carol on a bit of a mission.
I absolutely loved the mystery of the Christmas card and loved trying to guess what the outcome would be but there is so much more to this story. Without giving any of the plot away it’s a story about friendship, family and neighbours pulling together in times of need.
Julia Roberts has a beautiful way of writing, I’m sure she could write something on the back of a receipt and have the reader totally drawn in with just those few lines. The characters feel real and the setting is written beautifully so that it’s very easy to imagine everything in your mind as you read.
I’ll definitely recommend Christmas at Carol’s, I had a lovely warm cosy feeling when I finished it, and it wasn’t because I was sitting to close to the log burner.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julia Roberts’ passion for writing began when, at the age of ten, after winning second prize in a short story-writing competition, she announced that she wanted to write a book. After a small gap of forty-seven years, and a career in the entertainment industry, Julia finally fulfilled her dream in 2013 when her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, was published by Preface Publishing. Two weeks later she had the idea for her first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, which was released in May 2015.
Julia still works full-time as a Presenter for the TV channel QVC, where she has recently celebrated her twenty-third anniversary.
She now lives in Ascot with her partner of thirty-nine years and occasionally one or other of her adult children and their respective cats.
You can find out more about Julia and her work by following the links below.